Added Sep 28, 2011
I found a Simplicity 2921 pattern at a garage sale this summer, in mint condition. I have experience with building little semi-abstract stuffed animals out of scrap fabric, but I’d never tried to build a toy based on a pattern before. I figured it would be a fun experiment at the least.
The packet had patterns for an elephant, a lamb, and a horse (which could be turned into a unicorn by including a horn). I decided to make a unicorn, because why not—unicorns are cool. They perpetually walk the line between being fluffy magical princess companions and bloodthirsty virgin-chasing predators.
The project was mostly a success—the unicorn resembled the horse on the pattern package. But I didn’t really like my version. I stuffed the legs too much, for starters, so they don’t bend well. Also the nose was too pointed, and the eyes were too small. The pattern suggested using beads or small buttons, but on this sort of toy I think that looks a little lifeless. I prefer eyes with a bit more emotion in them.
I had (and still have) an overabundance of mint colored fleece, so I chose that for the main fabric. Fleece is a very forgiving fabric to work with, especially when you need to sew in circles.
For the contrast, I used scrap bits of corduroy with an apple print. In retrospect the apple print was probably a little too big. It worked okay on the hooves, but not on the horn or the insides of the ears.
The pattern suggested using fake fur for the mane and tail, but I abhor the stuff—it sheds everywhere. So instead I used pieces of wool thread that had come loose from washing a woven wool fabric. A good use of scrap material, if I do say so myself.
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